Fly Away Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 22, 2011
Janet Grillo's modestly produced feature breaks no new ground in depicting those who live with autism -- both the afflicted and their loved ones.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
April 18, 2011
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 15, 2011
A well-meant drama that never transcends its earnest aims, Janet Grillo's feature debut is notable mostly for an heroic turn from lead Beth Broderick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 15, 2011
A defiantly unsentimental look at the complex codependency between a harried single mother and her severely autistic daughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 15, 2011
A showcase for Beth Broderick as the mom, Greg Germann as a charming neighbor who flirts with her and a fully immersed Ashley Rickards as the tantrum-prone teen, who appears to be on the intellectual plane of a 2-year-old.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2011
The lovely, heartbreaking "Fly Away" benefits from superb performances and a gripping story managed with simplicity and grace by writer-producer-director Janet Grillo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
April 13, 2011
The lead performances are solid, as are the supporting actors, and Grillo is more than competent as a director. But Fly Away could have been stronger if its antiseptic visual style... had been more adventurous.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 13, 2011
A gripping, life-enhancing low-budget little film about the physically and emotionally punishing struggles of a single mother raising an autistic child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 30, 2011
[Fly Away offers] exceptional performances by two femme leads and sensitive but unsentimental storytelling throughout.